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Glasvegas Audio CD
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Based in Glasgow, Scotland, indie rock quartet Glasvegas (a combination of Glasgow and Las Vegas) draw their musical inspiration from rockabilly, doo wop, and pop/rock from the '50s and '60s. Cousins James Allan (singer and principal songwriter) and Rab Allan (guitar), bassist Paul Donoghue, and drummer Caroline McKay first came to the attention of Alan ... Read more in Amazon's Glasvegas Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: SonyBMG
  • ASIN: B00198HE4C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Ice Cream Van 5:560.99  Buy MP3 

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Glasvegas are a four-piece from Glasgow - the latest band to be championed by industry mogul Alan McGee, the man that "discovered" Oasis. Despite the inevitable hyperbole that has followed McGee’s proclamation of the band, Glasvegas more than deliver on their early promise with this eponymous debut album. The quartet already showcased their earthy wit and sonic ambitions on singles such as "Daddy’s Gone," a heartfelt tale of soured father-son relations delivered in an uncompromising Glaswegian accent and set to a shimmering wall of rock & roll. Glasvegas continues in more or less the same vein. Singer James Allen reels off stories of everyday city life over euphonious, pop-edged soundtracks that blend 50s surf rock, layered, Phil Spector-esque production values and the occasional splash of 60s doo wop. Tracks like the arching "Flowers and Football Tops", the confessional "It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry" and the upbeat "Legs & Show" contrast with darker songs like "Stabbed" and "Go Square Go!". The band's down-to-earth worldview combined with their nostalgic sound and surging, sing-a-long choruses makes for a rich and enjoyable musical tapestry.

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GLASVEGAS Glasvegas (2008 UK 10-track CD album - Glasvegas are a 4 piece from the tough East End of Glasgow who fuse a wall of sound noise that is equal parts Jesus and Mary Chain Elvis and Phil Spector combined with a pop sensibility inspiredby sixties girl pop and Doo Wop. This their highly anticipated self-titled debut album includes the singles Geraldine Daddys Gone and Flowers And Football Tops)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Scots Rock 12 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
For once you can believe the hype - the Glasvegas debut album is stunning. James Allan delivers his songs in a very Scottish voice indeed which will not be to everyone's taste but it lends real authenticity to his lyrics of contemporary Glasgow life: stabbings; absent fathers; social workers; paranoia and broken childhood dreams.

The music is guitar driven with strong percussion but it stands apart by way of its shimmering guitar backdrop, almost a `wall of sound' shining like a dirty jewel. The songs soar and are almost anthemic but are never dull due to the power and meaning behind the lyrics.

The singles `Geraldine', `Flowers & Football Tops' and the poignant `Daddy's Gone' are truly superb and rightly celebrated, but for me `It's My Own Cheating Heart..' is stunning with its pounding guitar line and lyrics delivered from the heart. `Glasvegas' shows amazing confidence for a debut album; `Stabbed' features a dreamlike lyric about imminent wounding spoken over Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. The band are also not afraid to sing a snatch of `You are my Sunshine' at the end of `Flowers & Football Tops'; both of these tricks work superbly. The final track, `Ice Cream Van' begins almost ethereally but gradually builds to a crescendo of guitar noise and is a fitting finale. Even the foul-mouthed singalong of 'Go Square Go' makes sense when you listen to the lyrics.

`Glasvegas' is a great record and shows how effective music can be when it is delivered with passion, meaning and authenticity.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Like Glasvegas? 29 Sep 2008
By Zod
Format:Audio CD
Hmmmm, I bought this album after waiting nigh on a year for it. It was the first time in years that i was actually EXCITED about buying a record!

First the bad news....If you loved the original DIY versions of the singles 'It's My Own Cheating Heart that Makes Me Cry' ( one of my favourite songs of the decade, the guitar refrain makes me melt, and recorded perfectly for me on original release)and 'Geraldine' you might be a little disappointed.

Radio friendly re-recorded versions of these songs placed virtually at the start of the album kicks it off badly for me. The usual major label inteference. On first listen I was devastated.

But....The good news, the original versions of the above songs wouldnt have fitted into this 10 track opus in their original guise anyway and this actually isn't a bad thing.

The recording of this album (buy it on vinyl if you can) is lush, vibrant and many tracks (well, the first 5 anyway) segue into a victorious cacophony of atmospherics and crunching guitars.

For me the real victory in this recording is the downbeat final 3 tracks (Stabbed, S.A.D. Light and Ice Cream) which on listening usually a)terrify me and b) nearly have me in tears. And that takes something. Whoever came up with the idea of using the lyrics to their originally recorded version of 'Stabbed' then underpinning it with Beethovens 'Moonlight' Sonata should be awarded a chufty badge in my opinion. It works really well.

After my initial disappointment, I absolutely LOVE this record now. It wasnt what i was expecting, growing up listening to J.A.M.C.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars indie not dead 17 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
if jesus and mary chain had met motown at the the back of a cinema in a dead end scottish new town,and over their carry oot and fish supper concieved a child they would have called it glasvegas.brilliant writting and tight score make this a cd you should have
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3.0 out of 5 stars When it's good, It's good, but... 10 Jun 2009
By A. Glen
Format:Audio CD
There was an awful lot of hype surrounding this album, and to an extent it's justified. There are some excllent tracks on here; Flowers and Football Tops pretty much sums up what Glasvegas are all about, with Jesus and Mary Chain noise meeting motown/Phil Spector sixties pop. This formula is use to create some really effective emotional exploitation, notably on "Go Square Go," with it's chant along, aspiring terrace album climax, and Daddy's Gone, a sickly but affecting ode to absentee fathers.

That said, the rest of the album is less effective, with only Geraldine really showing the humour and callousness that the best lyrical elements of the band's songwriting can rise to. For a full length album, there's an awful lot of feedback and reverb used as padding, and a shortfall in actual tunes.

Add to that the repetitive, monotonous drum beats used throughout the entire record, a side-effect of (allegedly) choosing a non-musician for a drummer based on her apperance, and you get a debut album that ends up being more style than substance. Worth having for the 5 or so stand out tracks, but overall not a great album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Believe the hype 10 Sep 2008
By westden
Format:Audio CD
Even on a few listens, this is a stunning debut album, and for once the hype of the music press seems justified.

The opening and closing tracks are sublime. Flowers and Fitba tops is a good an album opener as the Smiths "the Queen is Dead" or the Roses "I wanna be adored", whilst the outro to the final track has a very dark, anthemic feel to it, totally attuned with the underlying feel of the work.

In between, "Go Square Go" gives us the chant of 2008 winter tours in "Here we F***** go". There isn't a filler here, although unlike previous reviews, the spoken word track (Stabbed) doesn't work for me. Certainly nowhere near the Cribs "Be safe" in this field.

In terms of similar sounds, can't immediately seem the similarity to the Mary Chain. Yes they are Scottish, working class and have a standing drummer,but Glasvegas are not driven by the riotous feedback of the Reid brothers. In my mind they're more akin to the Bunnymen, or for the current generation there are similarities (in guitar work) to Interpol and Editors.

Really looking forward to seeing this band live on their current tour of small venues. There are traces in the album of guitar work simiar to My Bloody Valentine, and it will be interesting to see if they try to replicate this live. Not sure how an English audience will react to the Scottish accent - perhaps a reverse of a Scottish audience never really taking to Oasis' Manc tones. But good to catch them now - they will be massive next year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glasvagas
Gave five stars cause I love this album and downloading on amazon is so easy, as a bonus when I downloaded clouds app om my I phone a box set I bought 3 years ago as a Christmas... Read more
Published 5 months ago by dennismccall
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album!
A very good "blast from the past" from this wonderful Scottish group! Should have bought it years ago! Enjoy people
Published 6 months ago by mike mitchell
1.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Romeo Alpha Papa
I'd heard good things about this band, and foolishly bought this on the hype. The Glaswegian wail throughout this album is immensely irritating to the ears, and serves to remind... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Red Army Follower
4.0 out of 5 stars great album from good scottish based group
definetely an album I should have bought long ago excellant quality and some have been played on radio at times
Published 14 months ago by malmac
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my fav's
Cant believe this album has received some negative comment, think alot of it is backlash from the hype on its release, people were expecting an epic and if it didn't quite hit the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bertymax
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent
I always like this band and regularly listened on music sites so it was a brilliant time to buy the album on Amazon. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by Seedyefc
4.0 out of 5 stars Just turn it up.
I bought this album on the strength of having seen them live at Rock City. They are a fantastic live band and the album brought back memories of that performance. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2011 by Mr. I. M. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Shivers down the spine.
This is a true masterpiece of an album which I just can't stop playing. Album of the year? Album of the decade more like. Read more
Published on 15 April 2011 by V. Standing
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire at best.
I bought this on the strength of the critical acclaim it received north of the border, shows what they know, this album is dire at best, steer clear!
Published on 23 Feb 2011 by OldCarliol.
4.0 out of 5 stars glasvegas
great band excellant cd. the dvd is a bit amateurist but this is the nature of the band totally recommend. craig
Published on 24 Dec 2010 by Mr. C. J. Hitchen
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